You may never be audited by an insurance company, but if you are, here are a few tips and tricks for how to handle the insurance company’s request. Note that most dietitians find the insurance company requests a select number of chart notes for a particular client, with the aim of ensuring that you are billing for the services that you say you are billing for, billing via the correct diagnosis code, and billing for the amount of time that you said you spent with your client. In other words, an audit conducted by an insurance company is rarely what comes to mind when you think of an IRS audit where all of your records and documentation are examined.
Let us handle the insurance paperwork, so that you can focus on what really matters! Whether you already accept health insurance on behalf of your clients, or you would like to start accepting insurance, Healthy Bytes is your biggest ally. We specialize in nutritional counseling reimbursement so that you don’t have to.
This week, we recognize National Women’s Health Week from May 12th – 18th. We admire the theme outlined on the Office on Women’s Health this year: Your health is a lifelong journey. It’s personal. It’s unique. It’s yours. What a great reminder as you think about the health of the women you counsel – that nutrition, health and wellness is to be shaped and customized for the individual sitting before you. Through your motivational interviewing practices, you are the expert at tuning into your clients’ needs and providing sound nutrition expertise.
If you’re a registered dietitian who wishes to accept insurance on behalf of your clients, you’ll need to become an in-network provider with insurance companies. Credentialing is the process where the insurance companies check to make sure that you’re a registered dietitian in good standing. The system to help ease this process is the CAQH, or the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare.
During our one-on-one coaching sessions with you, we often hear that you’re unsure of where to start when setting up your nutrition business or private practice. What comes first, you ask – is it coming up with my business name or brand? Is it handling the legal aspects of my business and setting up my LLC or other business entity? While there is no one perfect set of orderly steps to take for setting up your business, the following are five steps that you should take when you’re establishing your business.